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MANILA, Philippines -– Ford Group Philippines (FGP) and Tuason Racing School (TRS) recently celebrated the latest chapter of a long running and successful motoring racing partnership.
For the past eight years, Ford vehicles have featured prominently in the TRS fleet of racing cars and the latest addition, a "lean and mean" Ford Focus 1.8L race car, was unveiled last week.
Speaking at the launch, Steven Tan, Vice President, Vice President for Marketing and Sales, FGP, said, "We believe the Ford Focus 1.8L is well-placed to continue the great success achieved by the team last year.
"True to Ford's proud motor racing history and legacy, the Ford Focus 1.8L race car is a robust and very competitive vehicle and we can't wait to see how it performs in the upcoming PTCC and GT races."
The new car aims to emulate the success of other FGP sponsored vehicles. In the last 18 months, a FGP sponsored Focus and a Mazda BT-50 Drift Truck recorded a number of wins in a range of events including major rally cross, drift-truck and autocross races.
"Success from a racing perspective is not only about winning championships, but also making sure that the technology used can be adapted and transferred into our cars and enjoyed by our everyday Filipino drivers," added Tan.
The Ford Focus - TRS racing team is slated to race four to five units of the Focus 1.8L in GT and PTCC races this year. The team drivers include JP Tuason, Mike Tuason, Stuart Macdonald, Bobby Noriega, and Ding Dizon.
In addition to the motor racing partnership, FGP and TRS collaborate in on a number of other programmes, including advanced driving skills, road safety and race driving training initiatives.
TRS is one of the first and longest running professional motor racing schools operating in the Philippines.
Caption: Executives from Ford Philippines and the Tuason Racing School at the unveiling of the new Ford Focus-TRS race car.